The Essential John Nash

March 18, 2007|
The Essential John Nash by John Nash
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When John Nash won the Nobel prize in economics in 1994, many people were surprised to learn that he was alive and well. Since then, Sylvia Nasar''s celebrated biographyA Beautiful Mind, the basis of a new major motion picture, has revealed the man.The Essential John Nashreveals his work--in his own words. This book presents, for the first time, the full range of Nash''s diverse contributions not only to game theory, for which he received the Nobel, but to pure mathematics--from Riemannian geometry and partial differential equations--in which he commands even greater acclaim among academics. Included are nine of Nash''s most influential papers, most of them written over the decade beginning in 1949.

From 1959 until his astonishing remission three decades later, the man behind the concepts "Nash equilibrium" and "Nash bargaining"--concepts that today pervade not only economics but nuclear strategy and contract talks in major league sports--had lived in the shadow of a condition diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia. In the introduction to this book, Nasar recounts how Nash had, by the age of thirty, gone from being a wunderkind at Princeton and a rising mathematical star at MIT to the depths of mental illness.

In his preface, Harold Kuhn offers personal insights on his longtime friend and colleague; and in introductions to several of Nash''s papers, he provides scholarly context. In an afterword, Nash describes his current work, and he discusses an error in one of his papers. A photo essay chronicles Nash''s career from his student days in Princeton to the present. Also included are Nash''s Nobel citation and autobiography.

The Essential John Nashmakes it plain why one of Nash''s colleagues termed his style of intellectual inquiry as "like lightning striking." All those inspired by Nash''s dazzling ideas will welcome this unprecedented opportunity to trace these ideas back to the exceptional mind they came from.

Harold W. Kuhnis Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Princeton University. Winner of the 1980 von Neumann Prize in Theory, he is the editor of several books (all Princeton), includingClassics in Game Theory, Linear Inequalities and Related Systems, Contributions to the Theory of Games, I and II, and is the author ofLectures on...
Title:The Essential John Nash
Product dimensions:272 pages, 9 X 6 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 9 X 6 X 0 in
Published:March 18, 2007
Publisher:Princeton University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780691096100

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